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It's been a while since I've revisited my Sunday Starfields concept (original here), but I ran across some Hubble images that are worth sharing.  This isn't intended to be an educational or scientific series, just weekend eye candy.

I will note one issue of scientific interest: You may see some circular "ripple" effects surrounding objects in some images - these are not image artifacts, but a real physical phenomenon called gravitational lensing where large, dense masses warp the fabric of spacetime.  So you're actually seeing ripples in space.  However, don't mistake this first image for that phenomenon - this is called the "Soap Bubble Nebula," because it's basically just a bubble of gas.

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The globular star cluster 47 Tucanae

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A wanderer dancing the dance of stars and space

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Galaxy Cluster Abell 1689

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The Lupus 3 dark cloud and associated hot young stars

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